Williamson County Schools closes campus as cases rise; former Franklin fire chief investigated and more top area news

Williamson County Schools had to close a campus this week due to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County Schools had to close a campus this week due to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Williamson County Schools had to close a campus this week due to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Williamson County Schools closes 1 campus as COVID-19 cases rise among students, staff

With the second full week of school at a close, Williamson County Schools is working to prevent further spread of COVID-19 on campuses.

Investigation: Former Franklin fire chief misused company vehicle, worked out of state without authorization

Results released Aug. 23 from an investigation conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found that former Franklin Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek misused a company vehicle and worked out of state without prior authorization from the city in his last few months working with the city.

Franklin Special School District adopts temporary mask mandate through Sept. 21

Officials with the Franklin Special School District Board of Education voted Aug. 20 to approve a temporary mask mandate for students and staff through at least the next month.

Brentwood donates $344K to local schools, community groups

Carrying on a 35-year tradition, the city of Brentwood has awarded thousands of dollars in funds to local schools and community groups.

Williamson County Schools expands mask requirements for all students; calls for Gov. Bill Lee to allow remote learning

In an 8-4 vote, the board voted to approve a mask requirement for all students and staff, which would be in addition to its existing requirement for elementary school campuses.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.


Lush will open a store in Franklin on Oct. 1. (Courtesy Lush USA)
Lush to open new location in CoolSprings Galleria

The shop offers skin care; scents; gifts; and its signature bath products, such as bath bombs, bubble bars and body scrubs.

Hill Center Brentwood marked the completion of Phase 2 on Sept. 22. (Courtesy H.G. Hill Co., Gray Public Relations)
Phase 2 now complete in Hill Center Brentwood

The mixed-use center marked the completion of Phase 2 with the opening of the new AC Hotel Brentwood.

Williamson County school districts have approved extending mask mandates through January 2022. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County school districts extend mask mandate through January 2022

Both Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District have extended their mask mandates for students and staff.

City and county officials are hoping to see higher turnout in this year's Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen election Oct. 26. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Officials working to boost voter turnout in Franklin alderperson election

Early voting in the city of Franklin begins in less than 3 weeks, are you registered to vote?

The city of Franklin will host a series of meetings this week regarding the city's Urban Growth Boundary. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin to host community meetings on urban growth boundaries

The Franklin Urban Growth Boundary, more commonly known as the UGB, determines areas around the city that may be annexed in the future as the population grows.

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the Brownland Farms development during its Sept. 14 meeting. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin business updates, Brownland Farms development updates and more top news from the Nashville area

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Nashville area.

The Williamson County Schools Board of Education met for a work session Sept. 16. (Screenshot via www.wcs.edu)
Williamson County Schools likely to recommend extension of mask requirements in schools

According to Superintendent Jason Golden, staff is likely to recommend approving a mask mandate extension, citing a decline in cases since the mandates were approved.

Serrato's Steakhouse is slated to open soon in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
See 5 businesses coming to Franklin; Bakehouse Wine & Spirits now open and more area news

Read the latest business and community news thus far in September from the Franklin area.

Owners Eric and Felour Shanklin opened the eatery in 2014. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pasta & Cream features fresh ingredients, unique recipes

Owners Eric and Felour Shanklin drew inspiration from their family for the menu when naming dishes—diners will find dishes like the Ivan ala Vodka and the Priscilla, each named for the couple’s children.

Wine & Design Franklin offers instructor-led painting session, including themes such as "Harry Potter." (Photos courtesy Wine & Design Franklin)
Wine & Design Franklin serves as creative space for parties, events

In addition to being able to choose from more than 6,000 different painting options, the studio also offers classes for themed paintings like fall landscapes or even Paint Your Pet classes.